UPDATE: 3,200+ customers lose power in West Seattle; some restored after an hour, some out for 7+ hours

12:05 PM: Thanks to Patricia for the tip. That’s the Seattle City Light map for an outage affecting more than 100 customers east of the Luna Park area since about 11:30 am. SCL attributes it to “equipment failure.”

12:22 PM: The West Seattle Health Club is without power (we couldn’t reach them by phone so we just went over to check).

2:05 PM: We don’t know if this is related to the first outage but now 3,100 more customers north of the original outage zone have just lost power too.

The SFD log shows at least two business fire alarms have been triggered by the outage – not uncommon – so if you’re noticing emergency responses, that’s likely what it is.

2:15 PM: Commenters are noting that the new outage area includes Admiral Safeway and Metropolitan Market – a large stretch of the Admiral business district.

2:36 PM: The Admiral Theater is also among the businesses affected.

2:47 PM: The second outage too is attributed to “equipment failure.”

2:56 PM: Some customers now have their power back. The second outage zone is down to 455, and the original 107 are still out, per SCL. Meantime, there’s a crash at one of the intersections where the signals have been out – this was reported just after 2:30 at Admiral/41st, where eastbound lanes of Admiral are blocked:

3:13 PM: SCL says via Twitter that “The primary cause is under investigation.” If we don’t get specifics on the cause today, we will have a followup tomorrow, as always. The outage map shows the 455 still out after losing power at 2 pm are in an area immediately west of the still-out 107 whose power went out at 11:30 am:

5:10 PM: The original outage – 107 customers east of the Luna Park area – is over, after five-plus hours

7:25 PM: Though the Luna Park businesses were still dark when we drove by about 20 minutes ago, SCL says everyone’s back on now.

49 Replies to "UPDATE: 3,200+ customers lose power in West Seattle; some restored after an hour, some out for 7+ hours"

  • Golden Retriever Are Wonderful September 12, 2021 (1:16 pm)

    Power pole is smoldering.  Go Hawks!

  • Shirley September 12, 2021 (2:02 pm)

    We’re on Harbor and just lost power.  

  • Chino September 12, 2021 (2:03 pm)

    Power out 34th and manning 

  • Gillian September 12, 2021 (2:03 pm)

    2:01pm Sunday Sep 12. Power just went out on Harbor Ave across from Don Armeni Park. Looks like the situation is getting worse, not improving. 

  • Mike September 12, 2021 (2:04 pm)

    And it seems to have spread to Admiral District. Just lost power at 2pm. 

  • Jay Wallace September 12, 2021 (2:04 pm)

    Power is now out at 35th and Andover

  • Joe September 12, 2021 (2:04 pm)

    Just lost power at 26th and Hudson

  • BW September 12, 2021 (2:05 pm)

    Power is out at 41st Ave SW and College St, out starting at 2:00pm-ish

  • DogMom September 12, 2021 (2:05 pm)

    Just lost power in North Admiral, by the Safeway. 

  • Maya September 12, 2021 (2:05 pm)

    currently on 33rd and our power just went out

  • Parker September 12, 2021 (2:06 pm)

    Power’s out in Admiral.

  • MGP September 12, 2021 (2:07 pm)

    Power is out in North Admiral too. Ferry/ Massachusetts. 

  • John September 12, 2021 (2:08 pm)

    The power just went out here. 2:05 pm36th Ave SW and Stevens St.

  • Janna Annest September 12, 2021 (2:08 pm)

    It’s a bit of a zoo here in pitch dark Met Market. 

    • wsres September 12, 2021 (2:27 pm)

      i was at met market too. it was not at all like a zoo. 

  • Lee Caldwell Fraser September 12, 2021 (2:08 pm)

    Power just failed at Element 42 (north Admiral) at right about 2pm.

  • Charlie September 12, 2021 (2:09 pm)

    Power just went out at 2pm above Luna Park.

  • Jason September 12, 2021 (2:09 pm)

    Admiral Safeway lost power about 10 min ago.  They’ve got some systems running on back up.

  • Avalon way September 12, 2021 (2:09 pm)

    Across from Avalon way seems to have just lost power at 2pm

  • Mj September 12, 2021 (2:10 pm)

    Hoping it is a short outage

  • Hillary September 12, 2021 (2:10 pm)

    No power in all of Admiral. Safeway, Bartells, Met Market etc

  • Snack September 12, 2021 (2:11 pm)

    Yes, Belvidere & Lander out!

  • Rara September 12, 2021 (2:12 pm)

    Power out on Harbor 

  • Visual contamination September 12, 2021 (2:15 pm)

    Time to bury the lines and make WS prettier

    • Vincent Gorjance September 12, 2021 (8:28 pm)

      Underground huh?  So your willing to pay 10X more for your power as it’s an extremely expensive method of power distribution and your ok with that?

      • Clean energy September 12, 2021 (8:42 pm)

        How about instead of either option we invest in behind the meter technologies that can provide resilience in times like this: batteries, solar, microgriding. So many better options than just waiting hours for our antique distribution system to get back online. European countries are way ahead of us on this stuff 

  • Aidan Grambihler September 12, 2021 (2:22 pm)

    Power out at the Admiral Theater

  • A.D. September 12, 2021 (2:26 pm)

    Out on 26th Ave SW as well.

  • Dana Eberhardt September 12, 2021 (2:27 pm)

    Power out at 41st and Hill

  • Barbara Cawley September 12, 2021 (2:34 pm)

    Assistant Manager at the Admiral Theater here, we have also lost power and are closing early.  We will be happy to rain check anyone who had prepurchased tickets for shows today, just bring in your confirmation to another show time and we will honor it. 

    • WSB September 12, 2021 (2:39 pm)

      Thank you for the update!

    • Marina Kosenko September 12, 2021 (4:16 pm)

      Barbara just informed me that the power is back on and they were able to reboot all the projectors. They’re playing the 3 o’clock shows, though slightly delayed, and will be playing the regularly scheduled 7’s. If any WSB readers pre-purchased our evening shows online, you’re good to go!

      • WSB September 12, 2021 (4:34 pm)

        Great!

        • Barbara Cawley September 12, 2021 (8:24 pm)

          The Admiral would love to thank all our loyal patrons who waited outside while we got all the computers and projectors booted back up and patiently waited until we started the movies. Y’all are awesome! 

  • Jones September 12, 2021 (2:49 pm)

    Crews are responding to an outage affecting approx. 3,100 customers in West Seattle. An early estimate on time of restoration is 6:20 PM. Get updates via our outage map: https://t.co/ijUJXHhsDH https://t.co/orfe4EiqJ9

    • WSB September 12, 2021 (3:13 pm)

      Yes, that was SCL’s first tweet. As we have noted many, many times before, the restoration estimates are absolutely useless guesstimates and not worth paying any attention to – as in this case, some may get their power back a lot sooner, some later.

  • SeaMom2 September 12, 2021 (2:50 pm)

    Power just came back! 35th & Manning

  • Anya September 12, 2021 (2:52 pm)

    Harbor Ave has power back (please don’t let this post jinx it!)

  • Heidi September 12, 2021 (2:55 pm)

    Power is back on at 36th!

  • Kacie September 12, 2021 (3:24 pm)

    Power still out on Avalon. ): 

  • M September 12, 2021 (4:03 pm)

    Someone please advise when Met Market has power restored!

  • K September 12, 2021 (6:23 pm)

    Still no power in Luna Park area……

  • Pete September 12, 2021 (6:39 pm)

    Still out on Orleans st above Luna park cafe. why are there so many power outages here? I think I had one for about five minutes in the five years I spent in Chicago. Bit of a shambles to be honest.

  • Drawn September 12, 2021 (6:53 pm)

    Losing light and power has not been restored in Luna Park. It’s been 5 hours. I see a city light truck/small crew working on a utility pole. Food in fridge… not good :(

  • R September 12, 2021 (6:59 pm)

    Power still out on 30th SW & Charlestown street! 

  • Angela September 12, 2021 (7:01 pm)

    The power is stillllll out above Luna Park, any ideas on restoration time. 

  • LauraP September 12, 2021 (7:20 pm)

    Power is still out along Avalon near the Luna Park Cafe. 

    • WSB September 12, 2021 (7:24 pm)

      Looks like it just came back on? Let SCL know if not. We noticed that area still out when we drove through about 15 minutes ago but it’s now off the SCL map.

  • Lola September 13, 2021 (12:34 pm)

    My mother-in-law was out for about an hour at the Brookdale up on Calif. Ave.  from 2 – 3 pm on Sunday.  She joked that she would have to eat all of her popsicles if it stayed out much longer.  

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